No power-sharing deal with Maoists without ensuring peace: NC

The party has alleged that Maoists were unwilling to conclude peace process.

Kathmandu: Amid Maoists` demand for a national consensus government, a top party in Nepal`s ruling coalition has claimed the former rebels have a hidden agenda of imposing totalitarian rule and said it cannot agree on a power-sharing deal unless completion of the peace process and drafting of a democratic Constitution are ensured.

The Nepali Congress party, which held a meeting with a group of intellectuals on the current political stalemate at the residence of its acting President Shushil Koirala, alleged that opposition Maoists were unwilling to conclude the peace process.

"We are in favour of seeking consensus in totality of issues by taking the peace process to a logical conclusion through dialogue," said Koirala. "We cannot compromise at the cost of the peace process and drafting of a democratic Constitution."

Maoists have also been seeking resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal who, they claimed, had given them a commitment that he would quit after the former rebels supported a Parliamentary motion to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly, which was to expire on May 28, by one year.

"We are not making Prime Minister`s post the focal point, as our main concern is completion of the peace process," Nepali Congress vice president Ramchandra Poudyal said.

In reply to a question, Poudyal said the Maoists` demand for forming a government on the basis of consensus "had a hidden agenda of imposing totalitarian rule, which we cannot agree on."

The Maoists have demanded that the provision to change the government through a simple majority should be abolished and a new provision requiring two-third majority for the purpose should be added.

"We cannot agree to such a totalitarian policy," he said. The three-point agreement reached among the major parties on May 28 while extending the term of the Constituent Assembly included provisions like concluding the peace process and guaranteeing drafting of a democratic Constitution, Poudyal pointed out.

He asked the Maoists not to raise the issue of the Prime Minister`s resignation as the sole agenda by putting aside other key matters relating to peace process and Constitution.

The Maoists have not implemented their commitments relating to return of the seized property and dissolution of their para-military wing `Young Communist League` despite signing eight agreements in this regard over the past four years, said Nepali Congress spokesman Arjun Narsingh Khatrichhetri.

During the meting yesterday, the intellectuals stressed that national consensus cannot be forged unless the Maoists implement the past agreements relating to the peace process and transform into a purely civilian party by detaching themselves from arms.


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